Whi­taker said to be stay­ing on Rus­sia case

Act­ing at­tor­ney gen­eral has writ­ten about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the past

StarMetro Edmonton - - CANADA & WORLD - CHAR­LIE NEIBERGALL/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS De­vlin Bar­rett, Matt Za­po­to­sky and Josh Dawsey

WASH­ING­TON—Act­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Matt Whi­taker has no in­ten­tion of re­cus­ing him­self from over­see­ing the spe­cial coun­sel probe of Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple close to him who added they do not be­lieve he would ap­prove any sub­poena of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump as part of that in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Since step­ping into his new role on Wed­nes­day, Whi­taker has faced ques­tions — prin­ci­pally from Democrats — about whether he should re­cuse from the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion, given that he has writ­ten opin­ion pieces in the past about the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and is a friend and po­lit­i­cal ally of a wit­ness.

On Thurs­day, two peo­ple close to Whi­taker said he has no in­ten­tion of tak­ing him­self off the Rus­sia case.

Ethics of­fi­cials at the Jus­tice Depart­ment are likely to re­view his past work to see if he has any fi­nan­cial or per­sonal con­flicts.

In many in­stances, that of­fice does not re­quire a Jus­tice Depart­ment of­fi­cial to re­cuse, but sug­gests a course of ac­tion.

In the past, se­nior Jus­tice Depart­ment of­fi­cials tend to fol­low such ad­vice, but they are rarely re­quired to do so, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the process.

A Jus­tice Depart­ment spokes­woman de­clined to com­ment.

The two peo­ple close to Whi­taker also said they strongly be­lieve he would not ap­prove any re­quest from spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller to sub­poena the pres­i­dent.

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WASH­ING­TON—Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg of the Supreme Court was hos­pi­tal­ized Thurs­day morn­ing with three bro­ken ribs af­ter fall­ing in her of­fice Wed­nes­day evening, a spokes­woman said. Gins­burg, 85, went home af­ter her fall, but ex­pe­ri­enced dis­com­fort over the night. She was ad­mit­ted to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal.

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